Eeee-Bomb-Yez gives Yankees the lead

April, 6, 2012
4/06/12
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The .150 spring batting average now seems about as relevant to Raul Ibanez as a hairbrush. The Yankees new left-handed DH just hit a three-run homer off James Shields in the third inning and the Yankees have erased the 4-0 deficit Carlos Pena put them into, taking a 6-4 lead. Lost in all the panic about Ibanez' poor BA is the fact that he did lead the team in spring HRs with three -- and had another pulled back -- and knocked in a healthy 10 runs. The long ball is what they signed Ibanez to provide and he has wasted no time in providing it.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Brett Gardner
BA HR RBI R
.287 8 36 54
OTHER LEADERS
HRM. Teixeira 15
RBIM. Teixeira 44
RB. Gardner 54
OPSB. Gardner .791
WM. Tanaka 12
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135